Angie Zapata’s Colorado Hate Crime Murder Trial: First for Transgender Victim?

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“A landmark trial begins this week in Weld County, Colo. It is believed to be the first murder prosecution under hate-crime laws that involves a transgender victim [in Colorado?]. The case is last year’s brutal killing of Angie Zapata [nee Justin], an 18-year-old transgender woman who was attacked in her Greeley apartment. The suspect in the case is charged with a number of crimes, including first-degree murder and a “bias-motivated” or hate crime. Colorado was the first state in the nation to pass a hate-crime law, in 1988.” [Public News, earlier]